Growth Mindset

Being a Physical Education teacher, there is a great focus on student fitness scores.  Over the years, it is been recently discovered that many students are only doing the bare minimum of effort in order to earn their highest grade.  Students are beginning to view the end product being what is most important.  For example, students are becoming more concerned with the grade they receive, as oppose to the effort put forth to earn that grade.  When students were asked if they were able to not get caught, would they cheat in order to receive an A?  About 80% of all students raised their hand stating that they would cheat.  With that in mind, educators can infer that students value the grade they receive, rather than learning the material.  This mindset that the students have is one that needs changing. 

        There are two different types of mindsets: fixed and growth.  Fixed mindset focus on students viewing the end product (the grade) as more important than the process (studying, participation, etc.).  Growth mindset focuses on the process (effort) more so than the product (grade).  By creating an environment in four 10th grade PE classes that is supportive and rewards effort, there can be progress made in the students’ current mindset.  This will help students develop a mentality that will motivate them to put forth their highest effort.

After the implementation of a growth mindset to the students, it is expected that the students will become more intrinsically motivated and develop a different thinking process than before.  Students will put more emphasis on the process (effort) of an assignment rather than the product (end result).  They will begin to value learning more so than valuing a grade.  Through the mindset self-assessment, the teaching of a growth mindset, and frequent self-reflections, students will begin to develop strategies that will self-motivate them to put forth their highest effort.



Growth Mindset